Mom Sues Over Daughter's Image on Abortion Billboard

She says photo agency violated agreement in allowing its use
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2011 3:40 PM CDT
The controversial anti-abortion billboard.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A New Jersey mom is suing after her daughter ended up on an anti-abortion billboard in New York City, reports Adweek. Tricia Frasier called the use of her daughter's image by Life Always and its ad company "defamatory, unauthorized, and offensive," notes Courthouse News Service. The billboard drew controversy with its photo of a black child—then 4-year-old Anissa Frasier—and the accompanying slogan, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”

Life Always quickly took down the billboard amid loud protests. The group's ad company, Heroic Media, bought the stock photo of Anissa from Getty Images with a standard clause forbidding its use "in connection with a subject that would be unflattering or unduly controversial to a reasonable person." Tricia Fraser says those terms were violated. She maintains her daughter's modeling career could be harmed—plus she had to give a talk about the birds and the bees way ahead of schedule.

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